While your default in searching may be to search using keywords, you may find that your results are either too numerous or not specific enough.
To help you run targeted searches on particular topics, library catalogs and databases frequently include subject headings (also known as descriptors or tags) to describe the intellectual contents of a particular book, article, or film.
Ultimately, knowing how to search with subjects will both save you time and produce more relevant results.
The subject headings listed below include some of the most important types of subject headings for literary studies.
Author as Subject
Last name, First name
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
Nationality/Region + Literature
African literature (English)
Caribbean literature (English)
Theme + in literature
Psychoanalysis in literature
Literature + theme
Literature - psychology
Theme + and literature
Psychoanalysis and literature
Nationality + genre
English prose literature
Nation + history + time period
Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901
Note: Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line.
Book title: The Anthology and the Rise of the Novel: From Richardson to George Eliot
Author: Leah Price
In the catalog: PR851 .P74 2000
On the book spine:
This tutorial describes the most effective ways to use the MLA International Bibliography to find books, articles, and other publications that are about an author or other individual. It also demonstrates how to find and use the preferred form of a name to maximize results.
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